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Michael Clarke's Australian lineup ended India's reign as World Cup champion with a 95-run victory that set up a showdown in the final with tournament co-host New Zealand.
Australia beat India, meet New Zealand in final


Counterterrorism squads have prevented 230 suspected jihadis from departing Australian airports for the Middle East this month, including at least three teenage boys, officials said Wednesday.

Australia's competition watchdog Wednesday called on the world's fourth largest iron ore exporter Fortescue to explain why its chief executive raised the prospect of capping production to halt plunging prices, saying it was anti-competitive.

Australia released its long-term blueprint to save the Great Barrier Reef Saturday, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott saying protecting the World Heritage site was a priority.

Australia's former conservative Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, who died Friday aged 84, was seen as a voice for human rights who oversaw an upsurge in immigration from Asia.
Former Australian PM Fraser passes away at 84


Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott faced a wave of criticism Wednesday, including that he was unfit to be leader, after describing living in remote Aboriginal communities as a "lifestyle choice."

The Australian government threw the country's ailing auto industry a lifeline Tuesday, reinstating AU$500 million (US$383 million) in funding to ensure it can continue until it shuts for good in 2017.

Relatives of two Australian drug smugglers visited them Monday for the first time on an Indonesian prison island where they will be put to death, as their prime minister urged Jakarta to rethink the planned executions.
Families visit Australians sentenced to death in Indonesia


Australia Sunday said it stopped two teenage brothers at Sydney Airport believed to be heading to the Middle East to fight, amid growing concern in Western countries over young people joining jihadist groups.

Australia issued a formal protest to Indonesia Friday after photos emerged of a smiling senior police officer posing with the two men due to face the firing squad, as it was confirmed that the executions would not happen this week.

"Got a phone charger you can lend me? No, I need the new type ... Oh, forget it."

Australia has offered Indonesia a prison swap deal in an 11th hour bid to save the lives of two Australian drug smugglers who have been transferred to an island prison where they are to be killed by firing squad within days.
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Australian authorities are clamping down on wealthy foreigners illegally buying real estate, ordering a Chinese billionaire to sell a Sydney mansion he recently bought for US$30 million, a minister said on Wednesday.

Close to 700 koalas have been killed off by authorities in southeastern Australia because overpopulation led to the animals starving, an official said Wednesday, sparking claims of mismanagement.
Hundreds of starving koalas killed in Australia

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